Stretch to the Sun: From a Tiny Sprout to the Tallest Tree on Earth (Hardcover)

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By Carrie A. Pearson, Susan Swan (Illustrator)
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Description


The tallest known tree on earth is located in Redwood National Park in northern California. More than twelve hundred years old, it is approximately 380 feet tall--and still climbing!

The tree in this book sprouted, flourished, and survived ecological threats for over twelve hundred years before being discovered by tall-tree researchers. The coast redwood tree provides a unique ecosystem for the many plants and animals in its tree canopy and managed to survive extensive harvesting by loggers nearby. Discovered in 2006, the tree's location is kept secret to protect it.

About the Author


Carrie Pearson is a former early elementary teacher and the author of A Warm Winter Tail and A Cool Summer Tail. She hikes, bikes, runs, skis, windsurfs, kayaks, and swims--and writes about what she experiences. Carrie lives in Marquette, Michigan, with her husband and their three daughters.

Susan Swan holds an MFA from Florida State University. She works primarily in digital cut-paper collage, and when not creating pictures, she makes jewelry. She illustrated Out on the Prairie by Donna M. Bateman and Volcano Rising by Elizabeth Rusch. She lives in Ovilla, Texas with her husband. www.susanswan.com

Praise For…


Readers follow the progress of a tiny sprout as it grows to be one of the tallest redwood trees ever discovered. Lyrical and gentle text, with a bit of understated repetition, sets the scene; this work begs to be read aloud. Swan’s collage-style artwork is appropriately dominated by a gorgeous spectrum of greens and browns. Many small animals and other details are hiding in the illustrations for children to discover. The story is experienced almost entirely from the tree’s perspective, and the tree is not concerned with human names or dates (the more fact-centric text is reserved for the “Facts About Coast Redwoods” back matter, a helpful guide for young kids and adults alike). In the only narrative leap away from the tree, “the president of the United States…signs a law protecting ­ancient trees.” In the back matter, ­sentences from the main story are revisited and ­explained. Here kids learn about the Gold Rush, the Save the Redwoods League, frenzied logging activity, the creation of Redwood National Park, and its expansion signed by President Jimmy Carter in 1978. ­VERDICT Visually appealing and ­enjoyable to read aloud, this book is a ­versatile introduction to redwood trees and forest conservation.
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Product Details
ISBN: 9781580897716
ISBN-10: 1580897711
Publisher: Charlesbridge
Publication Date: October 9th, 2018
Pages: 32
Language: English

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